People of the Book

Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Contact: Judith Davidoff, [email protected], 305.665.0012


People of the Book Club is for women who like to read and talk about ideas. We focus on books with some Jewish content and/or whose author is Jewish. Fiction or non-fiction, older books or contemporary ones, even some combination of shorter works (for example, essays, short stories, journalism) — all are chosen to spur serious discussion of the works’ literary qualities (if fiction), and about their Jewish themes, social issues, moral and ethical controversies, and the like.

Tuesday, August 4th, 2:00–4:00 pm
A Zoom Online Discussion

Ariel Samson: Freelance Rabbi

by MaNishtana

Ariel Samson is just your run-of-the-mill anomaly: a 20-something black Orthodox Jewish rabbi looking for love, figuring out life and floating between at least two worlds. Luckily, it gets worse.

Finding himself the spiritual leader of a dying synagogue, and accidentally falling into viral fame, Ariel is suddenly catapulted into a series of increasingly ridiculous conflicts with belligerent college students, estranged families, corrupt politicians, hippophilic coworkers, vindictive clergymen, even attempted murder. (And also Christian hegemony, racism, anti-Semitism, toxic Hotepism, and white Jewish privilege. Because today ends in “y.”)

But all that’s the easy part. Because whether Ariel knows it or not, he’s due for a breakthrough. Several, in fact. And he’s about to find out whether or not he’s strong enough to re-evaluate everything he thought he knew about himself, and own up to the things he didn’t.

Thought leader and provocateur MaNishtana turns his eye to fiction in this imaginative, semi-autobiographical novel, making Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi the most dazzling debut of an Orthodox black Jew born on a Sunday at 2:24 am in a Brooklyn hospital in 1982 that you will ever have the privilege of reading.

We hope you'll be intrigued and will join us.
RSVP to Judith Davidoff, [email protected], 305.665.0012 for Zoom login information.

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